Food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending this minute?
We took a data-driven look at the question and used Yelp to find out which local businesses were in the spotlight this month.
To see who made the list, we looked at Moncton businesses by category on Yelp and counted the number of reviews they received. Instead of just comparing them based on the number of reviews, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month and tracked companies that have continuously increased their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.
Read on to see which spots are especially cool this winter.
Ola Mexican cuisine
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Opened since December 2019, this Mexican spot is trending compared to other companies listed as “Mexican” on Yelp.
In the Mexican spots, there was an average increase in new ratings of 1.5% last month. Ola Mexican Kitchen appeared on Yelp just recently, but while many new businesses are struggling to get reviews, it has seen strong initial popularity.
It’s not the only outlier in the Mexican category: Little Vice saw ratings increase by 28%.
Located on 6420 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 230, Ola Mexican Kitchen offers shrimp ceviche, queso fundido, blackened chicken tortilla soup, and carnitas tacos. Check out the menu here.
The Ola Mexican Kitchen is open on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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Whether you’ve heard of The Grasshopper or not, the cocktail bar is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While companies rated as “Cocktail Bars” on Yelp saw their new reviews increase by an average of 3% over the past month, The Grasshopper saw their new reviews increase by 55% over that period, with a slight downward trend of a five- Star rating was recorded a month ago at its current 4.5 stars.
According to its Yelp page, the house is a “Moncton Bar with a vintage feel that [specializes] in fresh cocktails, cold beer and curated music. “
There are even more trends in the Moncton cocktail bar scene: Moncton Tap House saw ratings jump 11.1%.
The Grasshopper has been open at E. Anaheim St. 136 since November 2019 and offers handmade cocktails such as the typical Grasshopper with crème de menthe, crème de cacao and coconut milk or the Green Hornet with tequila, agave nectar, lime juice and jalapeno.
The grasshopper is open Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 2am and on Sundays from 3pm to 2am.
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The Jade Restaurant is making waves too. The sushi bar and Asian fusion spot, open since August 2019 on 6380 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite A, saw new ratings increase by 12.3% last month, compared to an average increase in Ratings by 1.3% for all tagged companies. “Sushi Bars” on Yelp.
The Moncton sushi bar category has more than one hotspot: Zenmaru saw ratings rise 1.3%.
The Jade Restaurant serves quail egg nigiri, sashimi salad and spicy ono rolls. See what’s left on the menu. Last month, Yelpers received a mixed rating of 3.5 stars.
The Jade Restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 3pm to 10pm, Friday from 3pm to 1am, Saturday from 12pm to 1am, and Sunday from 12pm to 10pm.
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Philz Coffee, a franchise company of the well-known chain, is currently on the rise in the breakfast and brunch category at Yelp.
While companies rated as “Breakfast & Brunch” on Yelp saw their new reviews rise an average of 1.4% last month, this breakfast and brunch spot that sells coffee, tea, and more increased its new ones Ratings by 6.9% – and consistently kept its rating at four stars. The number of reviews increased by more than 200% from month to month.
There is more excitement in the world of breakfast and brunch in Moncton: Plant Power Fast Food saw ratings rise 7.5% and Panini Kabob Grill rose 6%.
Philz Coffee has been open at 4801 E. Second St. since December 2019 and offers almond butter and jam toast, burrito with bacon and cheese, and bagel with jalapeno cheese.
Philz Coffee is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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